The Windows PC and tablet market didn't get the boost it needed from the launch of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, according to a market research firm.
Since the highly anticipated OS launched on Oct. 26, Windows device sales have fallen 21% compared with the same period in 2011, NPD Group said Thursday. Notebook sales, which have been weak throughout most of 2012, were down 24% while desktop sales dropped 9%.
Through Nov. 17, Windows 8 had captured just 58% of Windows computing device unit sales, compared with 83% for Windows 7 in the four weeks after that operating system's debut, the firm said. Windows 8 tablet sales have "been almost nonexistent," NPD said, with unit sales representing less than 1% of all Windows 8 device sales to date.
"After just four weeks on the market, it's still [too] early to place blame on Windows 8 for the ongoing weakness in the PC market," said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD. "We still have the whole holiday selling season ahead of us, but clearly Windows 8 did not prove to be the impetus for a sales turnaround some had hoped for."